Oxygen reduction reaction activities for various-monolayer-thick Pt shells on PtxNi100-x(111)

Masato Asano, Ryutaro Kawamura, Naoto Todoroki, Toshimasa Wadayama

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We studied the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activities for two monolayer (ML)-thick Pt on PtxNi100-x(111) (Pt2ML/PtxNi100-x(111)) model core-shell catalysts fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Low-energy electron diffraction patterns for all Pt2ML/PtxNi100-x(111) showed six-fold surface symmetry with longrange ordering, indicating a (111) atomic arrangement of the topmost Pt shell layers. Furthermore, scanning tunneling microscopy images of the Pt2ML/Pt50Ni50(111) and Pt2ML/Pt25Ni75(111) surfaces exhibited Moiré-like height modulations, which are likely induced by large lattice mismatches between the topmost Pt(111) shell layers and the Pt-Ni(111) substrates. The ORR activity of Pt2ML/PtxNi100-x(111) increased with the Ni composition; the enhancement factors are 8-, 18-, and 25-fold vs. Pt(111) for Pt2ML/Pt75Ni25(111), Pt2ML/Pt50Ni50(111), and Pt2ML/Pt25Ni75(111), respectively. The results suggested that the Pt surface strains induced by lattice mismatches between the Pt shells and Pt-Ni substrates increased with the Ni composition, leading to a marked enhancement in ORR activity, particularly for Pt2ML/Pt25Ni75(111).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 15, PEFC 15
EditorsH. A. Gasteiger, A. Z. Weber, V. K. Ramani, T. F. Fuller, R. A. Mantz, H. Uchida, F. N. Buchi, M. Edmundson, C. Coutanceau, J. M. Fenton, S. Mitsushima, T. J. Schmidt, K. Shinohara, K. Swider-Lyons, D. J. Jones, B. S. Pivovar, K. E. Ayers, K. A. Perry, S. R. Narayanan, P. Strasser
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 15, PEFC 2015 - 228th ECS Meeting - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 2015 Oct 112015 Oct 15

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-6737
ISSN (Electronic)1938-5862


OtherSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 15, PEFC 2015 - 228th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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